I wanted to be a Teacher

Last year when I saw my Dad’s side of the family for Christmas, my Grandpa asked me what grades I received for my subjects that semester. I told him I received two distinctions and two high distinctions. He told me none of it counted because I study a “bludge degree”.

Why did he even ask?

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The Camera, the Tripod & the Wardrobe

The technique which most fascinated me in MEDA101 this semester (and which I subsequently decided to focus my final piece on) was continuity editing. I used various shots to narrate Olivia’s movements. A scene from the film The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) had resonated with me for some time. When I viewed it more recently, I noticed the cleverness of the continuity edits and thus decided to replicate that scene for my project.

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Cinematography

Cinematography is the union of art and technology. Its techniques and practices cannot be judged alone. Effective cinematography is that which works for the film and its context. Roles on a film set which integrate to create cinematography include the screenwriter,  director, actors and producer above the line. Below the line, important roles include that […]

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The Sound of Technological Singularity

For my second instalment (view my first here) of Where I’m From, I decided to take a generational approach rather than a personal one. We are digital natives; we were effectively born inside computers and this has had a huge impact on the meaning of our lives. The world has become a computer in itself. This […]

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Issue-Mapping Feminism on Twitter: Research Update

I have always been slightly frustrated at the notion of a ‘trending topic‘ on Twitter. Lots of people are tweeting about the same thing? SO WHAT? What does that tell us? What does it contribute to? BOOM! Just like that, my research topic was born. Recently I published this research proposal about issue-mapping the feminism discussion […]

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Research Proposal: Social Data Analysis of the Feminist Movement

My passion for digital media lies in its limitless nature. Entire conversations about a topic exist publicly online. There’s so much to be learned from these conversations, but generally analysis only goes so far to determine that a topic is trending, yet neglects to tell us what is really being said. Thus there is a gap […]

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Nodes Against Humanity

It’s the twenty-first century; people are born into an army of standing-reserves through joining a vast collection of human and non-human objects. Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher who studied existentialism and coined the term ‘standing reserve’. The idea of the standing reserve is a result of the relationship of between artefacts, including humans, to technology; “subjects […]

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you don’t put your hand on a hotplate twice (unless you’re me)

The first way we experience and discover the world is through our senses. As infants we do not have the luxury of learning in a multi-tiered lecture theatre; we “absorb information through (our) senses”. (Doorley, 2014). We are inherently curious about the world surrounding us, and at the most basic level we use our sight, […]

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PG: Parental Guidance Regulated

The regulation of media forms has been driven by social anxieties regarding them. This is by no means a new phenomenon; anxieties relating to media content and form have existed since the birth of the cinema in the early twentieth century. The introduction of the television into the family home in the mid 1900’s meant […]

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Potterwatch: How the Dank Lord Defeated the Dark Lord

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a magic radio station called ‘Potterwatch’ played a pivotal role in the defeat of Lord Voldemort. Hosted by Lee Jordan (that Gryffindor bloke with dreads who commentated Hogwarts quidditch matches), the program allowed users all over the wizarding world to tune in and contribute, to recognise and discuss issues which arose […]

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